Dr. Christine O’Connell is an Assistant Professor of Science Communication at the Alda Center and School of Journalism where she works on improving STEM communication to the public and engagement with the community. Christine was the Alda Center’s founding Associate Director where she worked to build the Center and its curriculum to international renown. She was also one of the pilot group of scientists trained in improvisation by Alan Alda. Christine led the development and growth of the Alda Center’s workshop program and The Flame Challenge, an international contest that asks scientists to communicate complex science in ways that would interest and enlighten an 11-year- old. Christine is an ocean and environmental scientist with an extensive interdisciplinary background in policy, advocacy, outreach, and communication. She teaches graduate courses in Distilling Your Message and Communicating to Decision Makers and speaks around the world on science communication. Christine has a BS in Natural Resources from Cornell University and a PhD from Stony Brook in Marine and Atmospheric Sciences. Christine’s science communication research focuses on women in STEM, science advocacy, and environmental communication.